Linda Johnson Larsen, B.S. NFS

Linda Johnson Larsen, B.S. NFS

Linda Johnson Larsen is a home economist, a journalist, and an author with more than 30 years' experience developing and testing recipes. She holds a B.A. degree in Biology from St. Olaf College, and a B.S. degree in Food Science and Nutrition with High Distinction from the University of Minnesota.

Food Blogger and Editor

Linda's personal blog is called Linda's Best Recipes. She has created and tested recipes for Pillsbury and Malt-O-Meal since 1987. She has also written articles for Woman's Day magazine, and her recipes have appeared in Quick and Simple magazine and First magazine. Linda was the Busy Cooks Guide for from 2002 to 2017 and wrote thousands of recipes and hundreds of cooking tutorials. She is the editor of Food Poisoning Bulletin, a Google News site.

Cookbook Author

Linda is the author of 37 books, including:

  • Gluten-Free Baking for Dummies
  • Eating Clean for Dummies
  • The Big Book of Low-Sodium Recipes
  • The Everything Food Allergy Cookbook

Malt-O-Meal Recipe Developer

Linda has also worked for Malt-O-Meal. She developed quick-and-easy recipes and held cooking demonstrations for health food fairs.

Specialized Cooking Expertise

Linda is an expert on quick cooking, gluten-free cooking, food for special diets, and slow cooker cooking.

Gluten-Free Food

Linda wrote the book Gluten Free Baking for Dummies and is an expert on the development of gluten-free flour combinations for use in baking and cooking. She understands the ins and outs of gluten-free baking and is especially proud of her gluten-free brownie recipe.

Food for Special Diets

Linda specializes in diets focusing on food allergies, low sodium recipes, vegetarian cuisine, and low-fat foods. She is also an expert in clean eating and Paleo diets.

Linda understands the critical needs of people who must avoid certain foods, and she works to make her specialized recipes delicious and simple to make. She has written cookbooks about:

  • Recipes for people with food allergies
  • Healthy cooking for parties
  • Vegetarian foods
  • Low-sodium diets
  • Eating clean
  • Paleo
  • Low-fat foods

Food Safety

As editor of Food Poisoning Bulletin, Linda investigates and writes about food borne illness outbreaks, including the nationwide I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli O157:H7 outbreak and the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads. She also keeps her readers informed about food and product recalls and offers advice about keeping food safe and wholesome in the kitchen.

Connect With Linda Johnson Larson

If you'd like to discuss a writing project with Linda or just learn more about her work, connect with her on LinkedIn.





Most Recent Contributions by Linda Johnson Larsen, B.S. NFS

6 Simple Xanthan Gum Substitutes

Xanthan gum is used in many gluten-free recipes. The powder is a natural, gluten-free compound that can replace gluten in many recipes. When ... Read More

Are Oreos Vegan? The Mystery Explained

Whether Oreos are vegan depends on your definition of "vegan" and how strict your interpretation of the phrase is. While the cookie is not m ... Read More

Raw Cacao Side Effects and Benefits

Raw cacao is often considered to be cocoa's healthier cousin. While both originate from the same source - the beans of the Theobroma cacao t ... Read More

Teff Flour

Teff flour is a gluten-free wheat flour substitute used in gluten-free recipes. It has a slightly sweet, nutty, malt-like flavor. It is a wh ... Read More

Why Do People Become Vegetarians?

There are a few reasons that people become vegetarians. Some people simply don't like the taste or texture of meat. But there are other cons ... Read More

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Linda Johnson Larsen, B.S. NFS